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The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is a fun yearly tradition and the center of these worksheets. A future career in parade planning may available after completing this activity. Young learners are asked to calculate, measure, explain, and describe parade elements. While many Common Core standards are associated with the lesson, the questions are most appropriate for reinforcing 4th and 5th grade skills.
Students complete internet research on the first Thanksgiving, the Mayflower, Pilgrims, Plymouth Colony and the Wampanoags. Using specified websites, they visit the ship of the Mayflower, and experience Mayflower interviews. Students write a diary as if they were a Pilgrim on the Mayflower. They research settlers' motivations and preparations for sailing to the New World. Additional hands-on activities are listed.
Students complete a unit about Thanksgiving that is centered around the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag Indians. They read and discuss books, create a mural, complete a worksheet about five blessings in their life, prepare recipes from the first Thanksgiving, and construct and play a Native American game.